Santa Clause 2

Santa Clause 2

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Director: Michael Lembeck

Cast: Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz

     
 

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The 2002 sequel to Tim Allen's holiday blockbuster The Santa Clause is given a more than adequate treatment on its first DVD release. For a film directed primarily at children, there is a surprising abundance of special features packed into this single-disc package. Director Michael Lembeck provides a feature-length audio commentary track for viewers interestedSee more details below

Overview

The 2002 sequel to Tim Allen's holiday blockbuster The Santa Clause is given a more than adequate treatment on its first DVD release. For a film directed primarily at children, there is a surprising abundance of special features packed into this single-disc package. Director Michael Lembeck provides a feature-length audio commentary track for viewers interested in some insight into what went into the film's creation. For more behind-the-scenes info, a making-of featurette and a "Tour of Elfsburg" are included too. Additionally, fans of the film should be happy to discover a selection of seven scenes that were left on the cutting room floor and a collection of humorous outtakes. For younger audience-members, there is a game that can be played on the TV, interviews with other mythical holiday characters, and several DVD-ROM games and activities. On the technical side, the disc features a full-screen transfer of the film that preserves its original aspect ratio (a widescreen version is also available); the English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; and optional English subtitles are available.

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Editorial Reviews

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Like most sequels -- especially those eight years in the making -- The Santa Clause 2 is bursting at the seams of its Santa suit with extra subplots and places for your eyes to look. Unlike most sequels, the latest Tim Allen holiday vehicle actually pulls it off. Surprisingly, what's new is every bit as effective as what returns. It could even be argued that the sequel's three most whimsical ingredients are all fresh: comically gifted child actor Spencer Breslin as an elf, Allen's own synthetic dictator of a doppelganger, and a reindeer that speaks in irresistible reindeer gibberish. If the above weren't enough, the team of screenwriters (there's almost one per character) finds room for fellow folklore icons like the Tooth Fairy and Mother Nature, and even introduces a frosty principal (Elizabeth Mitchell) for Allen's Scott Calvin to thaw. The whole concoction overwhelms a viewer's better notions that this is just a corporate, profit-driven enterprise. Although the screenwriters distribute screen time miraculously among the disparate components, left out in the cold is Eric Lloyd as Scott's son, reprising from the first movie -- which makes him a decidedly awkward age to write. That's why his "acting out" takes the form of spray-painting graffiti about the principal on school walls, which just never makes much sense for his character. Other than that, the script really does have it both ways -- pursuing equally interesting plot lines both at the North Pole, where Allen has a dandy time playing the robotic impostor, and back home. The Santa Clause 2 generates enough populist charm to appease all but the most cynical purists -- who were never its target audience in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0786936221794
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
41,635

Special Features

Closed Caption; Seven deleted Scenes; Gag reel: Bloopers from the cast; "Operation Toy Box: Save Santa" set-top game; "Inside the North Pole With Curtis" making-of featurette; "True Confessions of the Legendary Figures": Interviews with the Tooth Fairy, Mother Nature, Father Time, and the Easter Bunny; "Director's Tour of Elfsburg" featurette; Audio commentary with Michael Lembeck; DVD-ROM features: "Coloring Book" activity, "Reindeer Games" game, "Santa Lib's" activity, and "Holiday Rush!" game; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; Fullscreen (1.33:1); French and Spanish language tracks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Allen Santa,Scott Calvin,Toy Santa
Elizabeth Mitchell Carole Newman
David Krumholtz Bernard the Head Elf
Eric Lloyd Charlie Calvin
Judge Reinhold Neil Miller
Wendy Crewson Laura Miller
Spencer Breslin Curtis
Art La Fleur Tooth Fairy
Liliana Mumy Lucy Miller
Aisha Tyler Mother Nature
Danielle Woodman Abby
Kevin Pollak Cupid
Jay Thomas Easter Bunny
Michael Dorn Sandman
Molly Shannon Actor
Andrew Stone Picardo

Technical Credits
Michael Lembeck Director
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Richard Baker Executive Producer
Susan Brouse Casting
Jackie Burch Casting
Tony Burrough Production Designer
Matt Carroll Associate Producer
Lynne Carrow Casting
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Sandy Cochrane Art Director
Ken Daurio Screenwriter
Edward Decter Screenwriter
Ingrid Ferrin Costumes/Costume Designer
David Finfer Editor
Bruce Franklin Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Alec Gillis Makeup Special Effects
GVFX Special Effects
David Husby Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Lando Set Decoration/Design
Rick Messina Executive Producer
James Miller Executive Producer
Bobby Newmyer Producer
Cinco Paul Screenwriter
Frankie Pine Musical Direction/Supervision
Brian Reilly Producer
Don Rhymer Screenwriter
Jeffrey Silver Producer
John J. Strauss Screenwriter
William W. Wilson Executive Producer
Tom Woodruff Makeup Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Santa Alert
2. Charlie's Caper
3. The Football Game
4. Another Santa 'Clause'
5. The Holiday Conference
6. The Santa Duplicator
7. Going Home for Charlie
8. Santa Clone
9. 27 Days to Find a Wife
10. The Naughty and Nice List
11. First Date
12. Santa's Soldiers
13. Scott's Confession
14. Trouble at the Plant
15. Looking for the Tooth Fairy
16. Seeing Is Believing
17. All Tied Up
18. Scott and Chet Save Christmas
19. The Marriage Clause
20. End Credits

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